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The Blog.

Office 365 As Your Communications Platform

Communications, all in one. Communication is key – whether you are drafting up an email, giving a presentation, training staff or simply having a conversation. And being able to communicate effectively about company changes, like a Microsoft 365 (M365) transition,

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Sending Targeted Communications Just Got Easier

In recent months, the shift to remote and hybrid work has led organisations of all sizes, and across every industry, to rethink how their people and teams communicate and collaborate.    During the COVID crisis, many organisations transformed quickly and

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Microsoft Teams: A Complete Communications Hub

If you’ve been on maternity/paternity leave, on furlough or out of work for the past year, the chances are you’ve missed the Teams revolution in the workplace and how it’s become a complete communications hub!   This blog will help

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What’s New in Microsoft Teams in June 2022

It’s that time again – Microsoft has announced its June updates, to continue building out the hybrid work world. The goal is to ensure Teams is more inclusive, accessible and connected.  This includes updates to meetings, chat and calling.  

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Microsoft Viva: the world’s best intranet?

Intranet systems have been used by organisations for years as a place to share information/news, collaborate with one another, host internal services and more. They serve as a focal point for internal communication, but what if they could be even

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Why Is Microsoft Viva Goals A Big Deal?

Over the past few years, we have seen our ways of working become more hybrid as a result of the pandemic. Organisations and employees have had to adapt to a brand-new world and at the forefront, there has been a

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Teams Vs Yammer: What To Use And When?

In our hybrid workplace, we have been utilising different ways of collaborating and communicating. Within many organisations, workers have been getting stuck into both Microsoft Teams and Yammer. Whilst there are similarities between the two, the tools have different strengths

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Microsoft Viva Insights

What is Viva Insights? Over the past few years, the world has seen an increase in burnout as people feel more disconnected from colleagues as a result of hybrid working. Microsoft Viva Insights has been developed specifically to help you

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Top 7 NEW Innovative Yammer Features in 2022

Use of Yammer is on the up, with more and more organisations making the most of this enterprise social networking tool for their communications, internal socialising, events and more. As it continues to grow, Microsoft has released some updates to

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Global Navigation Feature in Viva Connections

Help drive employee engagement by enabling employees to easily discover the most relevant communications, communities, and tools: • Target the right news to the right employees at the right time, right where they work. • Provide employees with a dashboard of their critical apps

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Microsoft Viva Connections

Introducing Viva Connections Viva Connections is a new intranet software built on M365 in Teams – offering a personalised view of news, conversations and communities through apps employees already use. The platform intends to boost happiness, feelings of belonging and

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10 reasons why you should be using SharePoint

We all want a better way to store important files, right? Having many different drives or locations can be confusing and clunky, but Microsoft SharePoint challenges that, becoming an easily accessible one-stop-shop for everything your organisation needs to collate.  

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Marriot Vacations Worldwide

Covid-19 has affected every industry, business and the people within them, be it a change in personal or professional circumstances. Unfortunately, one of the largest sectors to be affected by the pandemic was the tourism and hospitality sector, who saw

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How To Increase Engagement With Virtual Events

In the past year, we’ve changed almost every business practice we’ve been used to. So for communications professionals tasked with the job of planning large employee virtual events this year, we wanted to give you some support to make it

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How To Stop Champions’ Programme Fatigue

You may be familiar with terms like change fatigue or Zoom fatigue, but have you heard of champions’ fatigue? It’s one of the reasons why change programmes fail. In this blog we explain the phenomenon and offer tips and tricks

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What’s New With Teams Webinars in 2021

Teams steps up to provide interactive webinars We all know the power of a face-to-face event. The tangibility of key speakers imparting their wisdom. But with face-to-face events currently on hold, Teams has stepped up to provide interactive webinars that

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Why Digital Champion Programmes Fail?

Digital Champion Programmes are an essential tool in the overall change programme. They harness the drive and desire of people who want to help shape the future of their organisation and support their colleagues through the change.   A study

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Join The Changing Social Team

CAREERS & CULTURE. We’re hiring! Check out our current vacancies below: Power Platform Consultant Salary Expectation: Competitive Location: Remote, Bristol UK Role: Full-time  Benefits: Share Options, 25 days holiday, pension contributions Changing Social is a leading Microsoft Partner with a

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Clifton Coffee: The Impact of Microsoft Teams

Clifton Coffee Roasters is at the forefront of the United Kingdom’s booming coffee industry. It provides high-quality coffee, machinery, service, and training to coffee shops and has recently undergone a digitization to help it compete successfully with larger companies. The

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British Business Bank.

The British Business Bank is the government-owned business development bank set up to support smaller businesses. With security being at the heart of everything the Bank does, they were keen to learn more about the security capabilities of the Office

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Transformative technology for the retail sector.

Free up precious business time 01 Automating repetitive processes, freeing up colleagues’ time to spend more time helping your customers. Whether its your staff onboarding process, weekly stock take or invoicing, Office 365 can help give you time back. Boost

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Office 365 solutions for Financial Services.

Improve employee engagement 01 Use the Office 365 suite to communicate more effectively with employees, provide platforms for them to be heard and create mechanisms for them to provide regular feedback. Give the power to your frontline teams 02 Enable

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Accessibility & Digital Inclusion

Vision & hearing 01 Support your people with vision and hearing impairments to work successfully remotely or in the workplace with an abundance of Office 365 tools and assistive technologies. Neurodiversity & learning 02 One in seven of us are

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Digital Transformation

Migrate to Office 365 01 Move to the cloud with confidence and enable your people with new tools, skills and behavioural change for new ways of working. Learn more Security and Governance 02 Protect your people and company from external

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An Insight Into Microsoft Teams Apps: Part 2

So much of our work is relationship-based so how do we stay connected from a distance, and maintain relationships with our colleagues, managers and stakeholders? In part one we discussed people management and how Microsoft apps could help support you

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Our Microsoft Ignite Highlights 2021

Yet another rammed Microsoft Ignite show. There are so many innovations on the horizon concerning Microsoft 365 that will revolutionise how we interact in the workplace and the social space.   We have taken the time to look through everything Ignite

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Microsoft Viva: Top 7 Features

Microsoft recently unveiled a brand-new platform designed for employee engagement, learning, wellbeing and knowledge discovery to help employee’s transform the way they work remotely. In this article I will outline my top 7 Microsoft Viva features and what to expect from them.   Viva Topics    Content and skills are arranged automatically

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Who Owns The Enterprise Social Network?

There’s no debating that over the past twelve months our employees would have been completely isolated and adrift if it wasn’t for the use of Enterprise Social Networks (ESNs).     The surge in remote working cultures has definitely been on the rise in

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10 tips to stay productive in Teams

With remote working fast becoming the new normal, how do you ensure that you stay as productive on teams as you are in the office?   That’s where Microsoft Teams is a game-changer. It’s designed to keep colleagues productively connected

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Getting Started With Microsoft Teams Chat

As part of our Getting Started on Microsoft Teams blog series, this blog looks at the difference between a conversation and chat in Microsoft Teams, and when we should use them.    Communicating with colleagues is a huge part of working in Teams – in fact, it is what

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Microsoft Teams: Stop, collaborate and listen! 

As part of our Getting Started on Microsoft Teams blog series, this blog is all about teams collaborate and channels.    You’ll know by now that Teams is your communications hub. With features that allow you to voice and video call, private message and chat with your colleagues, it’s a

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What to look for in your Executive Sponsor

An Executive Sponsor should follow these 10 key activities to be effective during a change program The position of an Executive Sponsor continues to grow in importance, but the need to choose the right person to fulfil that role is

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How Siemens Gamesa is using Yammer

Leading the way in the renewable energy sector is Siemens Gamesa, a global giant in the manufacturing, installation and operation of wind turbines, both on and offshore. With a presence in more than 90 countries and over 20,000 employees, Siemens

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Insights from our Adoption Game workshop!

Wednesday April 17th 2019, we hosted our first event showcasing our Adoption Game! Our MD, Steve Crompton, dreamt up the idea of using a game to help others understand adoption and change management principles. It’s not easy to simply describe

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Why Yammer during Covid-19

For months, and possibly years, corporate communications professionals the world over have been trying to convince their leaders of the benefits of Yammer.   Claims of improved staff engagement and promises of real-time, two-way communication have always been offered and backed up by case studies

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Digital Champions – Build A Community of Learning

Digital Champions. Providing businesses with growth and development.   Book demo Learn more What is the Digital Champions as a Service Programme? Our Digital Champions programme is delivered purely online through Teams giving your people access to the most up-to-date

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